Steve Daly
June 17, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Six Degrees of Separation

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Stockard Channing, Will Smith, Donald Sutherland, Bruce Davison, Heather Graham, Anthony Michael Hall, Mary Beth Hurt, Catherine Kellner, Ian McKellen, Anthony Rapp
director
Fred Schepisi
author
John Guare
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

Ignore the cassette box of Six Degrees of Separation, on which Will Smith looms large between his costars as if this were a wacky episode of his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air sitcom. Inside is something harder to sell but much more rewarding: an urbane Manhattan tragicomedy about a pathologically imaginative young man (Smith) who comes to dinner and convinces moneyed Ouisa Kittredge (Stockard Channing) and her art-speculator husband (Donald Sutherland) that he’s Sidney Poitier’s son and a Harvard classmate of their kids. John Guare’s glittering dialogue, adapted from his play, sometimes gets too much competition from the lushly appointed scenery, which in turn loses a lot when cropped for video. But none of these compromises can dim Channing’s Oscar-nominated star turn, which surefootedly diagrams the breakdown of a soul amid all the brittle chatter. B+

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